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Winter Olympic Wrap-up

Global Immersions Recruiting - Friday, February 23, 2018

The past two weeks seem to have really flown by, as the 2018 Winter Olympics are coming to an end. Sunday night, the Games will conclude with the Olympics closing ceremony. PyeongChang will thank the athletes for their participation, just as it welcomed them during the Opening Ceremony. This year's Winter Olympics have been an exciting display of athleticism and talent. As of today, the total medal count for the top 10 scoring countries is as follows:


Highlights

Team USA had its fare share of memorable moments at the Games. Here are some of the top highlights from the Olympics thus far.


Hockey

The U.S. Women's Hockey Team beat rivals Canada in a 3-2 shootout. This was the first time the U.S. Women's team has one gold since 1998. The team has lost to Canada in 3 of the past 4 Olympic finals.


Curling

Another victory for the U.S. over Canada- the third-seeded Men's curling team, beat second-seeded Canada yesterday  in the Semi-finals. This was the first time the U.S. had advanced to the curling semi-finals since 2006, after defeating Switzerland and Great Britain. The Men's Curling finals will air on Saturday with the U.S. facing off against Sweden for the gold.


Figure Skating

U.S. figure skating saw some historic moments at the games this year, as multiple athletes set Olympic records. Competitor Mirai Nagasu became the first woman to land a triple axle in an Olympic competition, though in the end she finished tenth. Nathan Chen, the 17-year old Men's figure skating star, came back from a disappointing short program to ultimately land 5 quadruple flips - the most ever landed in one Olympic routine.


Snowboarding

The U.S. Team shined in Olympic snowboarding  events, gathering gold medals from stars like Chloe Kim, and Jamie Anderson. 17-year old Red Gerard won the first gold medal for the U.S. of the Olympics in the Men's slope style competition. Shaun White claimed his 3rd gold medal in the men's half pipe competition, after failing to place in the previous Winter Games.  

How to Watch

The Olympic closing ceremonies will air Sunday (2/25) at 8 pm on NBC. You can find a schedule of the remaining events here.

The Year of the Dog

Global Immersions Recruiting - Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Lunar New Year began last week, and this year is the Year of the Dog. But what does that mean? Here is a little background on the Lunar New Year tradition.  


The Chinese calendar revolves around 12 animal zodiac signs. In order these animals are: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, Pig.

These animals are not as random as they may seem, the ox, horse, goat, rooster, pig, and dog are some of the main animals domesticated by Chinese people and the rat, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake and monkey are all loved by the Chinese.

The animals rotate based on the idea of Yin and Yang, each animal is determined to be a yin or yang based upon the even or odd number of toes/hooves/paws they have. The yang attribute comes first followed by yin. This cycle repeats every 12 years.


This is the year of the dog, which means any person born in this year will have the dog as their Chinese zodiac symbol. Previous years of the dog include 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958, 1946, and 1934.

Each zodiac animal is paired with a Celestial Stem (the elements of earth, wind, fire, and wood). These Celestial Stems rotate on a 60-year cycle. Your zodiac year and Celestial Stem pairing are believed to influence your personality traits and relationships with others. This year's Celestial Stem is Earth which means dogs born in this year " are stubborn and never give up. They aren’t very connected with the world and society. Though stubborn, they respect other perspectives. They believe that as long as they work hard, they’ll make it." There has not been a Year of the Dog with the Celestial Stem Earth since 1958.

The Year of the Dog will influence the year for other signs. Depending on how compatible certain signs are with the dog, they will have a successful or challenging year. The zodiac year will dictate how other signs should dress, decorate their homes, or act, if they want good fortune.

For those born in previous Years of the Dog, this year will be difficult. Your zodiac year is seen as a "hurdle you have to jump over" or hardship you must overcome. Traditionally, the way to protect oneself from evil spirits and bad luck during one's zodiac year was to wear red underwear everyday for the entire year. While this practice may not be widely observed by many Chinese today, bad fortune in one's zodiac year is still treated as a concern.

If you're interested in your Chinese zodiac, you can find out what the Year of the Dog will bring you here

2018 Olympics Opening Ceremony

Global Immersions Recruiting - Friday, February 09, 2018


The Winter Olympics began yesterday with opening ceremonies in PyeongChang, South Korea. Last night several events were broadcasted including mixed doubles curling, Men's figure skating short program, and downhill skiing trials.

Last night U.S. figure skater, 18-year old Nathan Chen competed in the Men's short, finishing fourth overall. Nathan was extremely hyped-up going into the winter games, as the only undefeated men's champion in the world. His performance last night was surprising, as he fell on his triple axle, turned one of his quadruple jumps into only a double jump, and then did not put a triple toe loop onto the end of his second quad. Nathan Chen was favored to win this event for the US and also was supposed to be the first person to land a quadruple flip, triple toe loop. Before the Olympics he achieved the record for being the first athlete in the world to land five quadruple jumps in his free skate program.


At the opening ceremonies last night, South Korea and North Korea walked under a unified flag. The two countries also have a combined Women's Hockey team. Two members of this team, Chung Su-hyon from North Korea and Park Jong-ah from South Korea, carried the Olympic torch during the ceremony. The torch was lit by South Korean figure skater and former 2010 Olympic gold medalist, Yu Na Kim.

Russian athletes marched under the neutral Olympic flag; they will be competing for the "Olympic Athletes of Russia." Russian athletes were not allowed to compete under their own flag this year as part of the country's punishment for a state sponsored doping scandal a the 2014 Sochi Olympics and at earlier competitions.


PyeongChang, South Korea is an very poor area in Gangwon, South Korea, the nation's most isolated and least developed province. PyeongChang has a population of only 43,000 and is located 80 miles from the capital of Seoul. It also shares a large boarder with North Korea. PyeongChang's first bid to host the Olympics was in 2010. The city re-applied in 2014, and finally was accepted to host the 2018. In preparation for the Olympics the government has  invested $13 billion in the region, creating new infrastructure such as a new bullet train and highway to expedite access to Seoul, as well as sporting facilities like ice rinks and ski slopes. It has been reported that after the Olympics, these facilities will be demolished.


The Winter Olympics includes events such as different skiing events, bobsled, curling, figure skating, biathlon, ice hockey, luge, speed skating, skeleton and snowboarding. The map above shows the most popular Winter Olympic events in every country. Hockey seems to dominate in countries with medal-winning hockey teams. The map shows that curling is also popular (probably more popular than one would expect) in many countries around the globe. 

If you're interested in watching this year's Olympic action, you can find a schedule of events  here.

Curious about more Olympics facts? Thrillist put together this handy graphic that tells you everything you would ever want to know...


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